Fire Safe Cigarette legislation passed in Wyoming
Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal recently signed legislation requiring all cigarettes sold in Wyoming to meet a specific fire safety standard as of July, 2011. This marks the 50th state to pass legislation aimed at reducing the number of cigarette fires and fire fatalities.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cigarettes are the leading cause of home fire fatalities, killing between 700-900 people a year. "The nationwide introduction of cigarettes that are less likely to cause fires will provide the next leap forward in fire protection," said James M. Shannon, president and CEO of NFPA.
According to the Coalition's web site, a fire-safe cigarette has a reduced propensity to burn when left unattended. The most common fire-safe technology used by cigarette manufacturers is to wrap cigarettes with two or three thin bands of less-porous paper that act as "speed bumps" to slow down a burning cigarette. If a fire-safe cigarette is left unattended, the burning tobacco reaches one of these speed bumps and self-extinguishes.
"This effort is a terrific example of everyone coming together for one reason - to save lives," said Shannon. "The Coalition had a single goal which was to reduce the number of cigarette-related fires. The technology existed, it was the right thing to do and everyone wh o played a role in accomplishing the goal should be extremely proud."
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